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jones. on the right newt gingrich in the "crossfire" brad woodhouse and republican ken cuccinelli. chris christie's political future unlimited or road blocked? tonight on "crossfire." >>> welcome to "crossfire" i'm van jones on the left. >> i'm newt gingrich on the right. in the "crossfire" guests with different opinions of chris christie. first we have breaking news about another, quote, scandal involving republican governor. late today the former virginia governor bob mcdonald and his wife were indicted on charges of illegally accepting gifts. he calls it a false indictment and this may end up being another example of overreach by president obama's justice department. this news broke shortly after chris christie was sworn in for a second term. in an impressive speech christie rose above the bridge scandal at least for today. >> okay, newt. here we go. you guys can try to posh this up. i think the republican party is in real trouble tonight. during the shutdown they say we have these strong governors. now we have governors in trouble. in the "crossfire" we have democratic strategist bra
. last night, interestingly enough, former virginia attorney general ken cuccinelli called for christie to resign as head of the republican governors' association. >> i think just from the perspective of setting aside this as an issue in other races, it makes sense for him to step aside in that role. he does not serve the goals of that organization by staying as chairman. and that doesn't mean any of the charges, political or otherwise, are substantiative or not, it doesn't matter. perception is reality. >> let's dig deeper into the bob mcdonnell indictment. we bring in nbc's casey hunt into our studio. great to see you. >> great to see you. >> we are always on remote, now we're here together, which is nice. listen, first break down what's going on and what's next for the former governor. before we get into some of the larger fall from grace issues, what is he specifically dealing with? >> so this is a 14-count indictment and they are corruption charges, they allege he accepted gifts, luxury travel, golf fees, a rolex from johnny williams, who is the head of a company called star scient
appointees. what do we make of that? here's what he actually said. here's what he addressed. ken cuccinelli. >> i think just from the perspective of setting aside this as an issue in other oh races, it makes sense for him to step aside in that role. he does not serve the goals of that organization by staying as chairman. >> every governor does better by setting everything else aside. if the goal is to be the best governor you can be, that's done better by setting everything else aside. >> so wolf, tell us, what is his role as the chair? i mean, is cuccinelli's argument ringing true here, or something else behind this? >> well, cuccinelli is making the point that chris christie should step down as the chair of the republican governor's association. that responsibility is to try to get republicans elected to become governors of their respective states. you go out there, you do a lot of campaign financing, you raise a lot of money, you try to generate support. he was just down last weekend in florida, working for the republican governor, rick scott there, trying to raise some money from him, b
also took a shot from fellow republican ken cuccinelli. cuccinelli questioned christie's continuing role as the chairman of the republican governors association. >> i think just from the perspective of setting aside this as an issue in other races, it makes sense for him to step aside in that role. he does not serve the goals of that organization by staying as chairman. that doesn't mean any of the charges, political or otherwise, are substantive or not. it doesn't matter. perception is reality. >> congressman frank pallone is a democrat who represents new jersey in the house of representatives. thanks for being here, congressman. >> thank you, richard. >> as you well know here, ken cuccinelli was a gop gubernatorial candidate in virginia, who last year, during last year's election, he lost while christie did win. what do you think of his call for christie to step down? >> i don't usually prod into republican politics, but i do think he has a point. christie was just inaugurated as the governor. he's got a lot to do as governor of the state and i've been critical that he hasn't done
in urban areas in this country. >> as you know, ken cuccinelli, the former attorney general of virginia, he was on "crossfire" last night. he ran unsuccessfully to become the governor of virginia. but he urged the governor of new jersey, chris christie, to step down as the chair, the new chair of the republican governors association, because of all of this problems resulting from that closure of a couple lanes going up to the george washington bridge. listen to what ken cuccinelli said on "crossfire." >> just from the perspective of setting aside this as an issue in other races, it makes sense for him to step aside in that role. he does not serve the goals of that organization by staying as chairman. >> well, i -- >> and that doesn't mean any of the charges, political or otherwise, are substantive or not. it doesn't matter. perception is reality. >> people have said about chris christie, this whole time. it's all about chris christie. it's a party of one. why would a chris christie who cares about republicans, cares about people like yourself, running for office, why wouldn't he step down?
to step back from his national ambitions. ken cuccinelli tells cnn's "cross fire" he thinks christie should give up his role as chairman of the republican committee and focus on fixing his reputation at home. >> i think just from the perspective of setting this aside in other races, it makes sense for him to step aside in that role. he does not serve the goals of that information by staying as chairman. every governor does better by setting everything else aside. if the goal is to be the best governor you can be, that's done by setting everything else aside. >> christie has said the scandal over allegations of top aides strong-armed political opponents, christie said that scandal will not impact the toobt help other governors nationally. and he spent this past weekend helping fund raise in florida for governor rick scott. >>> we're hearing this morning for edward snowden who is denying he's a spy for russia. the admitted nsa leaker said he acted alone despite allegations from some in congress. snowden said he never intended to live in russia, but actually was planning to go to cuba,
is on that. >> another virginia politician is making headlines, ken cuccinelli. what did he have to say? >> ken cuccinelli, really surprisingly, decided to say yesterday he thinks chris christie should step down as rga chairman, which is really amazing considering more than $8 million was pumped into cuccinelli's campaign from the rga. a lot of the money was money chris christie helped to raise for him, and it's even more fascinating that christie's top political advisor went and made that exact claim, to say, hey, we helped you out here, and now you're trying to throw us under the bus? you know? >> so i guess we can expect to see cuccinelli trying to make a bigger statement, or have a bigger role did. >> anybody can go on cable news, but i don't know that -- i don't know that that means he has a political future. >> all right. we'll continue to watch this, lots going on. >> thank you. >> thanks a lot. >> and for from domenico and the rest of the nbc news political team, check out first read on nbcnews.com. >>> we're going to check on our weather now. >> yeah. >> a lot going on in the w
discovered that. here is ken cuccinelli, he of the recent loss to terry mcauliffe in virginia, here he is earlier today, basically calling on christie to step down as head of the republican governor's association. >> you know the importance of the republican governor's association. chris christie's now in charge of that. do you think it's fair for him to stay in that role, that key role for your party, while he's going through all of this? >> i think, just from the perspective of setting aside this as an issue in other races, it makes sense for him to step aside in that role. he does not serve the goals of that organization by staying as chairman. >> does not serve the goals of the organization. i think it's hard to argue with that, right? >> hard to argue with that, particularly this midterm. when you have at least half a dozen governors, many of whom are in this class of 2010, who are already embattled, big target on them in ohio, in pennsylvania, in michigan, in maine. people who were in some senses already controversial, scott walker, for instance. and people who are going to need
ken cuccinelli who's certainly no longer a big player in republican politic, being the first to talk about chris christie should step down from the republican governors association, does that -- does that sound like the first pebble rolling down that hill? >> it certainly sounds like it. obviously, as you mentioned, ken cuccinelli is no longer in public service, and it will be very interesting to see if there are other governors that follow suit, sitting governors that need the help of the rga. it was interesting, you know, when christie was over the weekend in florida doing fundraising. none of the events were open to the public. this was a guy who was partially installed to head the republican governor's association to give that brand of republicanism to other governors running for re-election that might need his help. those doors were locked this weekend and no pictures were allowed and you have to wonder if that doesn't impact his effectiveness to chair the rga. >> steve schmidt, tell us from inside the republican party about how that republican governors association works. what
or nothing. it doesn't matter. perception is reality. >> that's ken cuccinelli's, virginia's attorney general. governor bob mcdonald indicted today on 14 federal felony charges. governor mcdonald, first electeds governor in 2009, same time chris christie was first elected. and it's chris christie that ken cuccinelli said tonight should step down because of the scandal surrounding him. got it? yeah. it's hard to keep track at this point. joining us now is matt katz, a reporter for wnyc. thanks very much for being here. >> big development today in the new jersey story is the assembly and the senate are merging their two investigations. what are the implications of that? a. >> yeah, this is a big deal. the democrats were somewhat embarrassed by the fact that they had these duelling committees issues two subpoenas. so they did themselves a favor by finally coming to an agreement on this. the governor, remember, he said he was going to cooperate with all appropriate inquiries in this regard. now they've taken away one opportunity, one potentially legal opportunity he would have had to complain abo
this, i wouldn't necessarily take advice from ken cuccinelli, and i don't think chris christie will, because i think the most insane he will do right now is to leave the rga post. it will set another series of stories about how embattled he is, how wounded he is, and he can't afford that right now. >> think about really quick, the problem he created for one particular governor, rick scott, who's already got a lot of issues. >> who he was down there visiting with this week in florida. >> and decided not to be seen together. but the stories that were so easy for them to write about that, were to remind people of rick scott's old scandals. and say, here was a governor who came in on backs of the huge medicaid or fraud scandal. >> the largest in the history of the american -- >> and you're instantly reminded, it's an easy trope to go to for all of the editorial writers, as soon as chris christie comes to town. so rather than help rick scott by shoring up the things about republicans that people are supposed to like, the can-do spirit, the getting things done, the rejecting high-speed ra
candidate ken cuccinelli tells cnn's "cross fire" he thinks christie to give up his role as chairman of the republican governor committee and focus on home. >> i think just from the perspective of setting this aside an issue in other races, it makes sense for him to step aside in that role. he does not serve the goals of that administration by staying as chairman. every governor does better by setting that aside. if the goal is to be the best governor you can be, that's done better by setting everything else aside. >> worth noting this is a fellow republican giving this advice. christie has said the scandal over allegations where top aides strong-armed political opponents are christie said that scandal will not affect his ability to help other governors nationally. and he spent his past weekend helping fund raise in florida for fellow republican governor rick scott. >>> we're hearing this morning from edward snowden who is denying he's a spy for russia. the admitted nsa leaker tells "the new yorker" he acted alone without any help from any government despite suggestions on the contra
of this, which is chris christie. the latest has a virginia link. this is ken cuccinelli weighing in on chris christie and whether or not he should step down temporarily from the republican governor's association. >> it make sense for him to step aside in that role. he does not serve the goals of that organization by staying as chairman. >> that doesn't mean any of the charges, political or otherwise, are substantive or not. it doesn't matter. perception is reality. >> why wouldn't he step down? why do you think he's not stepping down? >> well, frankly, i think this is all still relatively new. and he may well step down. i have no idea what his thinking is on that. he may get some counsel from some other governors along those lines. >> mark halperin, what's your read on what cuccinelli said? >> well, look, he's no longer in office. he lost his race. he's not a huge figure in the paer party. but all four of us talk to republicans frequently who say they are worried about chris christie, they're worried about other shoes dropping, if not directly tied to him, to senior members of hi
his own party to step down as chair of the rga. ken cuccinelli, who lost his bid of virginia governor, had this to say. >> i think it makes sense for him to step aside in that role. he does not serve the goals of the organization by staying as chairman. percepti perception. >> frankly i think this is still rel he may get some counsel from other governors along those lines. >> part of what cuccinelli brought to the table was his own baggage. but part of the difficulty that chris christie carries each and every single day is he might be governor of new jersey, but his media base, where he's covered, is new york city. the coverage from new york city of the governorship of new jersey, in this case chris christie, is going to be overwhelming in a situation like this. he's either got to get staff work changed or something, some way to deal with it better than he's been dealing with it. >> like chuck todd always says, manhattan, it's the center of the ub for. >> there i tell you, howe does the midwest receive these east coaster. the mideast corridor is probably the am deck it hasn't been si
have more on the power problems for the two men once considered rising stars of the party, as ken cuccinelli becomes the first high-profile republican calling for governor christie to step down as chairman of the republican governors association. >>> now, there's giving peace a chance. we'll go live to syria summit in switzerland where syrian president assad is refusing demands to step down. but first, a look ahead at today's politics planner. a couple of big events at the white house today. one was a postponeed event. they'll be here tomorrow to talk about the election day voting, and a big sexual assault summit also taking place at the white house. you're watching "the daily rundown" only on msnbc. humans. even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, we still run into problems. namely, other humans. which is why, at liberty mutual insurance, auto policies come with new car replacement and accident forgiveness if you qualify. see what else comes standard at libertymutual.com. liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? hearty oatmeal, softly baked with a drizzle
think in the wake of ken cuccinelli's race last year in virginia where he got absolutely drubbed by millions of dollars of ads on this war on women subject and he didn't articulate a forceful response so, now i think you see rare agreement between grassroots conservatives and sort of party officials, establishment pragmatists who are really -- want to arm candidates with ways to talk about this issue that don't frankly offend women and swing voters. that's what this resolution is about. it's almost a messaging memo, advice to candidates about how to talk about issues citing polling data like you mentioned in your piece, like the ways in which the public supports some abortion regulations, how they oppose late term abortions, support parental consent, thing like that. the problem of course is that they're kind of rolling the dice here because for a lot of republican kanld dames this isn't about tactics. this is about principles. these are things people believe in. so there might not necessarily be on message when they're talking about this issue this year. >> dana, you spoke with
of that and now this. ken cuccinelli calling on christie to step down as head of the republican governors association. crystal wright agrees, fellow republican cord does not. why do you agree? >> i agree because remember when last summer when christie spoke at the rnc convention, he said i'm a better republican than anybody else, i want to restore authority and courage to the party. i want us to win again. fast forward now, chris christie has more scandals surrounding -- well, just as many scandals around him as gnats really, and it's a conflict of interest, because his job as head of the republican governors association is to, what, go out there, help folks fund raise and elect and re-elect republican governors, but -- >> crystal, i couldn't disagree with you more. cuccinelli -- hold on, cuccinelli should have kept why. he is playing into the hands of dmths. they only want chris christie off the playing field in 2016. they want him off the playing field in 2014. we have 22 governor seats we have to defend. who else can raise $100 million to do this? this is about fund-raising. democrats
that played out, for example, in the virginia race with ken cuccinelli and it wasn't until the 11th hour that they found a voice on obamacare, if you will. but it was too little, too late. we've been at this doorstep before in 2012 and 2010 with the senate as a possible takeover and lost that opportunity both times, because we have not effectively engaged people in the conversation they are having as opposed to the one we want to have, and i think we need to be very smart about that going forward in terms of the civil rights agenda for african-americans and all americans, quite frankly. certainly, the immigration issue, so there are a number of issues we can begin to carve out space. and the real test, i think, will begin with the state of the union when the president starts a new conversation on the wealth gap in this country and the minimum wage and a host of other economic issues where i think we could have a sweet opportunity to gain some new ground. >> well, kiki, when you look at the national numbers, obviously, they are not great for the republicans, but we know that the senate is
. >> the former gop candidate, ken cuccinel cuccinelli, said christie should step down as head of the republican governors' association. do you agree with that? >> i don't agree with that. i think this is part of what happens with the snowball effect. i think we are where we were when we first talked about this, anderson. and is he telling the truth or isn't he telling the truth? if he is telling the truth, then i think this is a situation where something bad happened, but he handled it correctly. he held people accountable. we don't have to repeat it. but there are a lot of situations in which bad things happen and nobody took accountability. the president, the secretary of state. nobody was held accountable. nobody fired. i think if -- if he's telling the truth, and he handled it that way, this thing turns out to be a problem, but one that has another side to it. if he's not telling the truth, and particularly with the u.s. attorney's investigation, i think we'll find that out. then, of course, his political career is in grave jeopardy and all these bad things will happen. >> mayor guiliani --
politics if you will about ken cuccinelli. he ran for governor last year. he was upset. he doesn't think the rga gave enough support. he thinks there was money going to chris christie that should have been spent to virginia trust. he's what happens. when you're volume neshl like this -- vulnerable like this, he'll get whacked sometimes from republicans who don't like him. >> more of a traditional beatdown that's going on right now is wendy davis down in texas. is this just a brazen attack of going at the person instead of the policy or does she have a problem with her natural narrative. >> she has a problem. she's been telling a highly personal story about being a single mom, pulling herself by her boot straps. they did a long piece on this in which they said she's embellished some key details. and wayne slater says he never spoke to the republican campaign involved here. she had a huge fund raising quarter last time. look, she became a heroin. a lot of national money has felony in. texas will eventually turn blue, can they win the governor's race in texas this year. in a close competiti
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